March 2016 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
It was our first cruise and we weren't sure exactly what to expect. The pre and post onboarding process went pretty smooth and was quick. Once on the ship, there's just a ton of activities, food and you can pretty much do whatever you please. Every aspect of the ship was abundant (food, shows, activities, etc) and you always have something to do. We hardly rested since it was our first cruise and didn't want to miss out on anything exciting. I would highly recommend attending as many shows and entertainment events as possible while on the ship since they are very professional and lots of fun. The food on the ship was great. There's unlimited amount of food. You have to try hard not to order everything. The sports activities are all fun, but too many people so hard to always participate at your leisure and you lines are sometimes long. The destination we went to (Cozumel, Mexico) was beautiful and we were able to do an island tour. We saw as many things as we wanted to, ate lunch, went to beach and even the Tequila factory and we did it all in under 4 hours. Our driver was very courteous, gave us great recommendations and took all our family photos as well. We negotiated with a taxi outside the terminal and did not wait on the long lines. We got a great deal and had a fantastic time overall with the cruise and the destination. I would highly recommend this ship and cruise, specially for first time cruisers like us, since it was only 4 nights and we were able to take advantage of most the ship and Cozumel had to offer!